Luckily, our local school districts are doing their best to refute this trend.
In Grand Haven, the Buccaneers’ Science Olympiad team has become the equivalent of the Duke Blue Devils in college basketball or the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball — a perennial contender for the championship with high hopes and high expectations each year.
Science Olympiad is a competition for middle school and high school teams in which students compete in events pertaining to various scientific disciplines — including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. More than 6,400 teams from all 50 states participate each year, and Grand Haven is consistently among the top schools at the event. Grand Haven teams have won several national championships and placed high at the national meet 22 times in the team’s 27-year history.
This outstanding program is made possible by a tremendous group of teachers and volunteer coaches who give their time and energy, and by the students who come to school early and stay late. Student-athletes who put in countless grueling hours of practice often get more attention, because their accomplishments are more visible, but the Science Olympiad students’ accomplishments are every bit as impressive.
While there are countless golf outings and raffles and other fundraisers for sports, Science Olympiad is a program that deserves the undivided support from this community.
Grand Haven isn’t the only local school district to put an emphasis on the sciences and overall educational excellence. Spring Lake High School was listed a U.S. News top 10 percent school, while U.S. News & World Report ranked Spring Lake in the top 2 percent in the nation (Grand Haven was in the top 5 percent).
It’s easy to get caught up in the national rhetoric admonishing our schools for ignoring the sciences. While that may be true in some school districts, we can take pride in saying that it’s not true here.
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